The green group issued a 15-point “Water Tipid Tips” as part of its ongoing advocacy for ecological lifestyle reforms to arrest the further destruction of our natural resources and ease the waste and climate crisis.
“We really need to bring back the low-tech practices of our Lolas (grandmothers) like catching rainwater through the alulod (gutter), which has been practiced since ages, to conserve our precious water resources,” stressed Luz Sabas, a veteran recycling guru.
“For instance, when taking a bath, the water used for final rinsing can be reused for soaking clothes before these are washed with soap. The soapy water can still be reused for flushing the toilet and for other household purposes,” added Neneng Joson of the EcoWaste Coalition.
The “Water Tipid Tips” were culled from the text messages received from Ms. Philippines Earth 2007 Jeanne Harn, zero waste advocate Luz Sabas, gay rights activist Danton Remoto, and ecologists from the Bangon Kalikasan Movement, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA), Concerned Citizens against Pollution (COCAP), Environmental Advocates Reaching Towards Humanity – University of Santo Tomas (EARTH UST), Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Krusada sa Kalikasan, Miriam PEACE, Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), November 17 Movement and Sining Yapak.
15 WATER TIPID TIPS
1. Get hold of a wrench and fix all dripping faucets, pipes, water containers and toilet tanks. Replace worn out sapatilya (washers) without delay.
2. Use a glass of water when brushing your teeth. Don‘t let the water run while you brush your teeth, shave, or wash your face and hands.
3. Use timba (pail) and tabo (dip) when taking a bath, keep it short, and use just enough water.
4. Fill up a half-gallon container, seal and put inside the toilet tank to cut on water use in every flush.
5. Collect water dripping from air conditioners; use it to wash your mop or water the plants.
6. Organize your laundry schedule and wait until you have a full load before you use the washing machine.
7. Use laundry water for cleaning used bottles, cans and other recyclables, blinds, rugs, doormats, and car wheels.
8. Keep a bucket in the bathroom and laundry area for the grey water. Use this water to flush your toilet, clean the laundry area and car port or to dampen dusty road.
9. Do not hose down your driveway or footpath. Use the walis tingting (broomstick) to sweep the place clean.
10. Wash fruits and vegetables in a palanggana (pan) instead of running water from the tap; reuse the water for watering the plants.
11. Do not throw rice wash down the drain; use it for washing dishes or watering plants.
12. Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator overnight, not on running water.
13 . Use fewer cooking and dining utensils and dishes to cut down on the water needed for dishwashing.
14. Never waste water served during meals; drink it up!
15. Harvest rainwater through the alulod (gutter) and use the water collected for your essential needs.
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